Answer to 2021 3rd Quarter “Name That Herb”


I am the seed of a fruit. I am neutral, sweet and sour. I enter the Heart-, Liver-, Gallbladder- and Spleen Channels. I nourish Heart-Yin and -Blood, calm the Spirit, tonify the Liver, stop sweating and generate body fluids. I should be used with caution in patients with Heat signs, excess Fire conditions or severe diarrhea. I may cause allergic skin reactions, chills, fever, or aching joints.

I appear not only but amongst others in the following classical formulas: Suan Zao Ren Tang, Tian Wan Bu Xin Dan and Gui Pi Tang.

In TCVM I am very helpful e.g., in patients suffering from Shen disturbance due to Heart Blood Deficiency, Liver and Heart Blood Deficiency with anxiety, irritability or aggression and vivid dreaming and spontaneous day or night sweating due to Qi Deficiency. I am recommended for all cases of Shen Disturbance accompanied by Yin or Blood Deficiency as I have both tonifying and sedating effects.

The name of the herb is Suan Zao Ren, Ziziphus Spinosa Semen or Wild Jujube Seed.



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